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ABCs of Land Use Workshop, Saturday, October 18, 2014 -- Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (NECN) Office

“ABCs of Land Use” Workshop

Saturday, October 18, 2014

9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods Office

4815 NE 7th Ave.

Portland, OR 97211

This free workshop is designed for neighborhood activists, business association members and land use volunteers who are interested in learning: 

  • the basics of how the City of Portland develops land use policies and plans
  • how the development review process works for individual projects
  • how you and your neighborhood can take action and have a voice in these processes. 

Workshop participants will get hands-on experience with a land use review case, including review of a development proposal and site plan, identification of relevant issues, and effective ways to respond to the approval criteria.

Presenters include Nan Stark, Northeast District Liaison, City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and Jason Richling, City Planner, Bureau of Development Services.

Claire Adamsick (NECN) and Paul Leistner (ONI) will describe the role of neighborhood activists and neighborhood associations in Portland’s land use and development processes. Nan Stark (BPS) will describe how land use planning policies and planning projects are developed. Jason Richling (BDS) will describe how the development review process works for individual projects and how community members can get involved in and have a voice in these processes.

Coffee, juice and pastries will be provided.

Pre-registration is required. Space is limited to 30 people.


Who should attend?:

  • Neighborhood and Business      Association land use activists
  • Anyone thinking about getting      more active with their Association's land use committees
  • Anyone interested in general      City-related land use decision-making processes

What you will learn:

  • What does it mean to be a      neighborhood land use chairperson?
  • Overview of the State, Metro,      and City land use planning framework
  • The Planning Bureau’s District      Liaison Planner Program
  • The Comprehensive Plan and      Zoning Code
  • How to access and read Zoning      Maps
  • What is a Land Use Review and      how it differs from a building permit
  • Comparison of the Land Review      Processes: Type I, II, IIX, and III
  • How to read and respond to a      Land Use Review Notice
  • The Appeal Process


To register online, you need to have a Portland Online account. If you do not, you will be prompted to set up an account. Enter your contact information and select this workshop to register. Space is limited to the first 30 people who register.

For more information, or for help registering, please contact: 

Transportation and Directions: 

The Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods is located in the King Neighborhood Facility, on the south side of King School near the intersection of NE 7th & Wygant. (Map)

TriMet Buses: #6 and #72


To help ensure equal access to City programs, services and activities, the City of Portland will reasonably modify policies/procedures and provide auxiliary aids/services to persons with disabilities.

Call 503-823-5284, TTY 503-823-6868 with such requests.

Call 7 days advance to request assistance for any accessibility accommodations and/or language interpretation. Limited number of child care vouchers available.

Workshop location is wheelchair accessible. The main area of the meeting space is accessible to wheelchairs at the NE 7th & Wygant entrance. Call ahead for more information—503-823-5284.

Co-Sponsored by:

Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods, City of Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement, and the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and the Bureau of Development Services.